Burnley College welcome in Christmas with magical Winter Wonderland

The festive season has now officially started for thousands of families from across the region, thanks to the popular Winter Wonderland event at Burnley College.

Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 2:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 3:25 pm
Fr Christmas was the VIP on hand to dish out some early Christmas gifts.

There was fun and excitement in abundance as the college’s £82 million campus was transformed into a festive dreamland for the annual community event that has become a landmark date in the run-up to Christmas.

A wide variety of stalls offered young and old alike the chance to pick up the perfect festive gift and delicious food and drink. There were also a range of fun-packed activities, including Virtual Reality experiences, a chance to make your own reindeer, face painting, arts and crafts and, of course a chance to meet Father Christmas himself.

Highlights of the Winter Wonderland event included a Peter Pan interactive story, sell-out performances of the college’s annual festive production ‘Mary Poppins Jr’, donkey rides and a giant Ferris Wheel.

A young visitor turns into a tiger at Burnley College's Winter Wonderland. (s)

Burnley College Principal Karen Buchanan said: “Our annual Winter Wonderland is a highlight in the college calendar for staff and students alike and it is great to welcome so many members of the community to enjoy an extra-special day.

“As a college family we are proud to be at the very heart of the community in Burnley and celebrate this special season with our neighbours. Thank you to everyone who came along, our stall holders and visitors, who made the day extra special.

"This was our fifth Winter Wonderland and it was even bigger and better than ever. We’ll have to start planning 2019’s event even earlier to surpass this!”

Photos by Rich Tymon.

Visitors getting ready for a magical performance of Mary Poppins Jr.
A visitor making their own Rudolph-inspired craft for the garden. (s)
Mary Poppins and her chimney sweeping friend Bert welcoming visitors to the Winter Wonderland.
An orchestra performing classic Christmas hits to get people in the festive mood.
Park Primary School Choir entertain the crowds with some cheerful festive tunes.
Burnley College's performing arts students gave a fabulous performance of Mary Poppins Jr. (s)
Peter Pan took visitors on a magical adventure during an interactive story. (s)